Many machine embroiderers have a love-hate relationship with metallic thread. We love the sparkle but not the thread breaks. However, not all metallics are made equal. I’ll share my success story and would love to hear yours!
As far as metallic threads go, I do have a preference. I really, really swear by KingStar metallic threads by Exquisite. You can get it online from The Embroidery Store.
I sew at a thousand stitches a minute plus, with this metallic thread, I don't change my embroidery needle from my standard 75/11 size. I just I let her rip and it just sews so beautifully.
I was working at a dealership when we first found out about this particular thread. A lady from Australia came in for an event and told my dealer about it. The dealer I worked for was one of those folks that liked to test products prior to carrying it for her customers. She tested it on a lace bowl design of all things. Something that would be very challenging for any thread let alone a metallic thread due to the design's density. What were her results? She said she only had one thread break and that it was her own darn fault, not the thread. Wow! That got my attention!
What Makes a Good Metallic Thread?
Exquisite KingStar has a polyester core that is wrapped in rice paper with a metallic finish. It does not kink as it unwinds from the spool and runs smoothly through thread pre-tensioners. Smooth sailing means fewer thread breaks, less headaches, and gorgeous embroidery.
Where you can get into problems is when the thread coils, rather than gently winding off of the spool or cone. Some metallic threads are actually flat rather than round. That can increase friction as the thread goes through the machine, needle, and fabric. Added friction, and the heat it produces, often cause lesser quality threads to shred or break.
What is your favorite brand of metallic thread?
May your day be blessed with perfect stitches and GlitterFlex!!